Serve the City
Helping others isn’t new! Whether we’re sitting with friends at a local coffee shop sipping Chai Tea or our favorite artesian coffee, the conversation often turns to “how can we make a difference in the world - both locally and globally”.
At First Christian Church of Napa, “serving the city” is accomplished in many ways: organically as people help neighbors, colleagues or the community at large through more organized efforts. We occasionally have "Serve" days, when we come together for a large project in our community - like painting the exterior of the Salvation Army Building or working in the garden at the Food Bank.
At First Christian Church of Napa, we believe Scripture clearly expresses the heart of God to turn to the poor, the sick, the immigrant, the prisoner, the widow, and the orphan. So, by partnering with other local non-profit ministries in Napa and surrounding counties, we become an agent of change and transformation. We want to effect change that relieves suffering, overcomes oppression, and fights injustice — all characterized by the love that transforms and shows we care about what God cares about.
How does FCC of Napa share the love of Jesus throughout the Napa Valley?
Working with our ministry partners in Napa, and beyond our community, we assist with funding, volunteering in many capacities, mentoring, advising, praying for and with, and connecting these organizations with one another to build relationships and strengthen their efforts to serve in our city and beyond.
FCC's current ministry partners are 3 Strands Global Foundation, Alpha Pregnancy Clinics, Church Women United Clothing Center, Gideons International, Hope Christian Church (Santa Rosa church plant), Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Napa County Inc., Napa Arise, Napa Valley Food Bank, New Day for Children, Salvation Army in Napa, The Leaven, William Jessup University (Rocklin), and Young Life. Additional information below offers information about the specific purpose.
3Strands global foundation
3Strands is about three things: reintegration, education, and mobilization. Through their partners, 3Strands Global creates job opportunities for survivors and those at risk. They provide prevention education to raise awareness to combat human trafficking. They host Break Free runs and other events to mobilize individuals, organizations and communities. Do something. Get involved today!
Alpha Pregnancy Clinics
Alpha has 3 licensed community clinics providing quality medical services to clients. They provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling and STD testing to young people facing an unplanned pregnancy or decisions regarding their sexual health. We want to be the first place young people go to in order to help them understand all of their options. Find out more! Visit alphaclinics.org
Church women united clothing center
Church Women United receives donations of clothing from local residents for the sole purpose of redistributing these items to those in need. Residents are allotted clothing as needed based on a schedule designed to let all of Napa participate. All clothing provided to clients are at no charge. Want to help? To donate or inquire about volunteering, drop in. The Clothing Center is open Monday-Friday 9 am to 12 pm at 2473 Second Street.
What began in 1908 as an Association of Christian businessmen placing Bibles in hotel rooms, evolved into an expanding mission to provide Scriptures to all people in nearly every facet of life. Today, Gideons have taken more than 2 billion Scriptures in more than 85 languages to 200 countries and territories across the globe—including Napa Valley. The Gideons exist as an advocate for the lost, to bring them the saving knowledge of the Word of God through placing and distributing Scriptures and personal witnessing.
LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAPLAINCY OF NAPA COUNTY INC.
The Napa Chaplaincy is a non-profit organization that provides immediate services to all law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, community agencies, and local citizens through crisis intervention skills during times of extreme difficulties. These services are offered through a support network team of specially trained and experienced chaplains. Law Enforcement Chaplains work with law enforcement and fire service personnel on a professional level providing critical incident response, post-traumatic counseling, and other support necessary in crisis related events. Learn how you can support the chaplaincy at napachaps.com
Napa Arise exists to call people and communities into their God designed destinies. This involves recognizing and celebrating God’s purpose in people. It also involves helping connect people with the presence and power of Jesus for their lives. When Jesus’ loving power is experienced people are able to change their wrong thinking and choices (repent), receive and give forgiveness and then get healed and delivered. Napa Arise participates in this powerful love of Christ, which frees people to grow into their God given destinies. When individuals get free they make the way for communities to get free. Learn more about Napa Arise at napaarise.com
Napa Valley Food Bank
Napa Valley Food Bank provides a variety of nutritious food to low-income individuals, families, seniors, and non-profit organizations throughout Napa County through four programs: Emergency Food Pantries; Senior Brown Bag; the USDA Commodity Program; and Non-Profit Access. For the individual or family, allotments are based on household size consisting of meat, dairy, produce and dry and canned food items. Pantries are located in the City of Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena, Lake Berryessa, Pope Valley, Angwin, and American Canyon. Together they serve an average of more than 1,000 local households each month.
New Day for Children
New Day for Children seeks to recover children caught in the despair of child sex trafficking and to restore their stolen childhoods.
Located in Napa, Abigail Home is a transitional life skills program for girls who are human trafficking survivors. It is for girls 18 and up who are ready and willing to engage in a healthy, God centered, adult life. The purpose of staff and volunteers is to raise up and equip these girls with the tools to be able to live as independent adults who pursue their God given purpose while they exercise responsibility over their day to day life and participate in community. To find out how you can get involved, visit newdayforchildren.com
The Napa Salvation Army believes that everyone deserves hope for a better life.
Throughout economic times—bad and good—The Salvation Army continues to serve those in need. Without judgement or discrimination, we minister to the working and non-working poor and their families, seniors, disabled and addicted. Salvation Army in Napa provides—in addition to food and clothing—help for the addicted through Celebration Recovery, culinary school at no charge for those who qualify as a means of securing work once the person graduates from their four-month course, and through the Canteen (vehicle name), which is a mobile kitchen to serve food to those in need when a natural disaster or emergency occurs. There are many ways one can get involved at the Napa Salvation Army. Visit napa.salvationarmy.org
The Leaven works in partnership with members of the local community; including businesses, police and fire departments, local government, school administrators and teachers, church groups and concerned neighbors to bring after-school mentoring and tutoring programs as a revitalization tool to struggling neighborhoods where drop-out rates are out of control and gangs threaten the peace of the community. We believe in living out our Christian faith through after-school programs, community activities, family support and nurturing to our neighbors. Want to help? Heroes needed! Being a Leaven volunteer is a great way to be a hero for at-risk children. Go to www.myleaven.com/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org
william jessup university
The William Jessup University vision is that our graduates will be transformed and will help redeem world culture by providing notable servant leadership; by enriching family, church and community life; and by serving with distinction in their chosen career. FCC has been involved with WJU for decades through sending students, and even through our people. Several previous members have served or are serving as faculty and in other roles. Currently, FCC gives to their scholarship fund. To learn more about WJU, visit jessup.edu
We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world. Learn how you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of youth at napa.younglife.org